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Rasmuson Foundation

The Rasmuson Foundation invests both in individuals and well-managed 501(c)(3) organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for Alaskans.

Learn more at rasmuson.org.

Pick.Click.Give. – How Alaskans Gave

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There’s good news on the generosity front in Alaska. The PFD Charitable Contributions Program – Pick.Click.Give. – continues to grow in three core metrics: number of Alaskans contributing, total amount they are giving, and percentage of participants among those who file for their dividend online.

Earlier this year, 26,093 Alaskans used Pick.Click.Give. to donate part or all of their $900 dividend to causes they support.

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November 8, 2013

Executive Sabbatical Program

Executive burn out? Maybe you need a break…

Nonprofit and tribal executives, listen up! Are you tired and stressed? Haven’t had a vacation in months or years? A sabbatical may be just what you need.

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September 11, 2013

Teri Rofkar Named 2013 Rasmuson Distinguished Artist

Sitka basket and textile weaver Teri Rofkar has been named the 2013 Rasmuson Distinguished Artist.

The $40,000 award recognizes an artist with stature and a history of creative excellence.

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May 28, 2013

Video Glimpes: Luis Gonzalez Palma Never Took a Picture Here

Last month, Rasmuson Foundation launched a new series of videos that add to the web-based collection of stories we call “Glimpses of Who We Are.”

In this edition, filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean features Cathy Tagnak Rexford’s poem, “Luis Gonzalez Palma never took a picture here” through footage and imagery of the North and its people.

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January 14, 2013

Video Glimpses: The Trail

Last month Rasmuson Foundation launched a new series of videos that add to the web-based collection of stories we call “Glimpses of Who We Are.”

Today we share the second in that series – a whimsical, possibly mysterious short by film maker Ellen Frankenstein.

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January 8, 2013

Introducing Video Glimpses

Today we launch the next generation of our nonprofit sector Glimpses, this time working with media artists to tell stories in a digital domain.

The first, “Little Mikey” by Pat Race, kicks off the series. Other artists we will feature include Bob Curtis Johnson, Brian George Smith, Ellen Frankenstein and Andrew MacLean.

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November 21, 2012

Video: A Tribute to Mary Louise Rasmuson

Mary Louise Milligan Rasmuson, social catalyst and one of Alaska’s most endeared philanthropists, died on July 30, 2012, at her home in Anchorage, Alaska.

Mrs. Rasmuson spent her life breaking barriers, challenging conventions, and seeking to improve opportunities for those around her.

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July 31, 2012

2012 Rasmuson Distinguished Artist is Kes Woodward of Fairbanks

He went to college to study chemistry and never dreamed of being an artist.

Today, artist Kes Woodward of Fairbanks was awarded the 2012 Rasmuson Distinguished Artist Award, which recognizes artists with stature and a history of creative excellence and accomplishments in the arts.

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June 5, 2012

Interview with an Individual Artist Grant Recipient

Calling all Alaskan artists: Rasmuson Foundation just opened the application period for its annual Individual Artist Awards grant program, and it’s more inclusive than ever.

January 31, 2012

Apply Now for an Individual Artist Awards

Calling all Alaskan artists: Rasmuson Foundation just opened the application period for its annual Individual Artist Awards grant program, and it’s more inclusive than ever.

The awards are designed to support Alaskan artists at various stages in their career and creative development working in many artistic disciplines. New this year, the field of presentation and interpretation was added to the fellowship category, opening the award to actors, dancers, musicians, vocalists and other performance artists.

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January 8, 2012

Alaska Sudan Medical Project

Earlier this year, I returned to Alaska after 27 months of U.S. Peace Corps service in Central America. I worked as a community health volunteer in Nicaragua, the second-poorest country in the western hemisphere (after Haiti).

After returning to Alaska, I began to search for local volunteer opportunities. A friend told me of the famed Dr. Jill Seaman and her involvement with the nonprofit, the Alaska Sudan Medical Project (ASMP).

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December 28, 2011

Who is Hungry in Alaska

September is Hunger Action Month when we shine a light on the thousands of people who are working to reduce hunger in the United States. Closer to home, there are 90,000 Alaskans who are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. If this was a disease, we would call it an epidemic.

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September 13, 2011
Looking Back to Benefit the Future

Looking Back to Benefit the Future

Margaret Schaeffer wants to make sure her community is prepared to handle challenges of the future, so she founded an organization dedicated to teaching the traditions of the past.

Schaeffer is the founder of Ilinniagvik Attautchikun Corporation (IA), a nonprofit based in Kiana, a village of about 360 people located 520 miles northwest of Anchorage near Kotzebue.

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August 25, 2011